Detox secrets from Iron Man 2

May 10, 2010

We saw Iron Man 2 on the weekend, and since I don’t want to be called out for slacking off for a few hours, I managed to get a post out of it 🙂

This isn’t really a spoiler, but it wasn’t in the trailers I saw, so if you’re reading this from the home page, click through for the story. If you’re already on the story page, consider yourself warned…

Right, so Tony Stark has been dead for 5 years and Pepper Potts is a guy.

KIDDING.

But Tony was pretty sick in the movie, with some kind of weird blood toxicity from having a power reactor embedded in his chest, and his solution to delay the toxins was a chlorophyll-based detox, and plenty of it; did I hear at one point he was drinking 80 cups a day?

When I met Angela, she was pumping liquid chlorophyll into her drinking water. I usually put lemon juice in my water, so I didn’t try her idea, but the movie reminded me of all this, so I thought I’d look into it a bit more.

…And this is the part where things break down. The draft of this post was starting to look like the kind of quasi-nutritional mumbo jumbo that I try really hard not to spread on the internet, so this isn’t going to be a detailed explanation of what chlorophyll is, what it does, and what you should or should not do with it. I’m sorry, both because I like knowing stuff and because you’re probably looking for those kinds of answers too, but let’s see if we can’t look at things another way.

First of all, from what I’ve been able to figure out, Tony Stark’s approach wasn’t that bad. Chlorohyll seems to have some blood-cleansing properties, and is also linked to red blood cell production, which improves oxygen transport through the body. There’s also lots of goodness associated with chlorophyll’s role in the whole acid/alkaline balance thing. That’s as sciencey as I’m going to get here.

I got that info from Brandan Brazier’s book The Thrive Diet, and although Brendan’s not a nutritionist I trust his advice because he’s been researching this stuff for years and applying it to his own athletic performance. I like his book because he uses small words that I can understand and it all comes together to make a lot of sense.

Based on an hour or two of research, I’ve personally decided that I’m not going to start supplementing with extra chlorophyll. It might be worth trying, and I’m pro-supplementation, but I’ve got enough going on right now. What I am going to do is continue to focus on getting lots of raw green vegetables in my diet, both through salads as well as juicing (I had 2 pints of celery cucumber kale juice this morning, so good!) Chlorophyll is what makes plants green, so I’m figuring dark green foods are going to be worth the effort.

The thing of it is this: you don’t need to be a nutritionist to know that some things are really good for you, and we can easily fall into a kind of trap where we feel we need to understand everything before we can start things. I can’t imagine a doctor telling me that I shouldn’t add more greens to my diet, so I can’t see the harm, and sure, I’m a bit bummed out that I can’t rattle off the Big Science Words when someone asks me about why I do something, but “I feel great when I eat it” isn’t a bad response either…

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Photo Man May 27, 2010 at 10:09 am

If you eat plants you already get chlorophyll and all the great co-nutrients.

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